Earlier, we spoke about how you can plan a great vacation. Now that everything is planned, time to start cracking, here are some of our best tips to get the most out of your packing:
Our top 8 picks
1. Make a list: Probably the most basic method to ensure that you don’t over pack, it lists all the clothes, toiletries and electronic items you’d need for a trip which lasts either a few days or about 2 weeks. We suggest that you make a list for yourself and then check the items off as you go-this makes packing a quicker process than it should be
2. Roll clothes: Doing this allows you to ensure that the clothes will be wrinkle free when you reach your destination. In addition, this lets you pack more items in your suitcase than you thought.
TIP: A good way to maximize space a little further is to check the weather. For example, if you’re going to a country where the climate is hot & humid, then ensure that you check out the weather during the time when you will be visiting as it will give you a sense of what to pack.
3. Old Clothes: Got old clothes which you don’t wear? Use them one last time and discard them-its a fantastic way to clear your wardrobe as well as allowing some space for souvenirs. Just ensure that you dispose of old clothing responsibly by giving it to someone who can use it!
4. Colour coordinate: Pick a neutral item of clothing. For example, if you are going to pack a pair of blue jeans, you can always change between white, red and black t-shirts and still look good. Having a good understanding will help you learn a little about fashion, while making you make the most out of your clothing.
5. Check out customs in advance: Countries such as Australia are very strict with regard to bringing in unprocessed food. Do you part and see what items they will allow you to take into the country and what they are likely to throw out. As a general rule, you do need to declare foods (especially if you’re unsure), unless you want to risk a fine on arrival. If you absolutely must bring an item, make sure that its well sealed and that its ingredients are mentioned in English.
6. Need medicines? Get a prescription: In the same way as above, make it a point to have your doctor/pharmacist write down the name of your medication in case you need it abroad. Try to write down the generic name instead of the brand name as it may differ (Eg: Instead of Panadol, you’ll get Paracetamol instead) . Do ensure that your prescriptions are recent and are signed by your doctor.
7. Tag your luggage: Sri Lankans are normally excellent at tagging luggage, with brightly coloured tags helping their bags stand out in a sea of bags on the carousel. This takes a step further, get a piece of paper/business card and write down your name, email, as well as the address of your hotel. Add one into your wallet, passport case and traveling bag(s).
8. Be organized: Put all electrical items-power cords, USB cables earphones, chargers and travel adapters in one place such as a clear toiletries bag or a small box. In addition, add your undergarments, socks, handkerchiefs into a compartment of your bag so that you know where everything is. This ensures that you will be able to find what you want quickly.
Did you like this list? If you think we’ve missed out on anything do let us know in the comments section!